I have an 870, all dressed up with night sights, ghost ring, and long mag tube. That being said it was built for use as a patrol shotgun back in the day. For home defense I have and keep by my bed, a Mossie 500, also set up as a patrol gun with long mag tube and 20 inch barrel. The Mossberg feels right to me and the safety is where my thumb can get at it instantly. It also shoots slugs well in spite of the lack of sights, in addition to various buck loads, shot dept quals with it. There are some plastic parts (like the safety button) and that sucks.